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Published May 03, 2013, 03:56 PM

Stenehjem: North Dakota higher ed board violated open meetings law

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) says a North Dakota Board of Higher Education dinner social at a Bismarck restaurant violated the state's open meetings law.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a North Dakota Board of Higher Education dinner social at a Bismarck restaurant violated the state's open meetings law.

In a written opinion Friday, Stenehjem says it's "clear that violations of the open meetings laws by the board are pervasive."

Stenehjem had issued an opinion last month saying that he could not find wrongdoing at the dinner social attended by a quorum of board members at the Bismarck restaurant. Stenehjem says the board denied that public business was discussed at that meeting.

But he says a board member provided information after the opinion was issued that contradicted the board's official response.

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